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2016 Golf Industry Day on the Hill

March 24, 2016

Minnesota has one of the best golf followings and industries of any state in the country, and today’s first ever Golf Industry Day on the Hill serves as further evidence. After all, it is no coincidence that Hazeltine National Golf Club was chosen as the site of the 2016 Ryder Cup. The golfing industry in Minnesota generates more than $2.3 billion dollars annually in revenue while employing over 35,000 individuals in the state.

There were over 30 golf industry representatives today at the State Capitol in St. Paul, MN talking with state representatives regarding day-to-day issues facing the golf industry.

The focus of the movement is to encourage legislative support of a water conservation program that would protect irrigation allocation during times of drought. Other discussions centered around phosphorous fertilizer, the Minnesota Golf License Plate initiative, and limiting unfair taxation.

Key topic points being relayed to legislation:

  • The 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club: the largest sporting event ever to be hosted in the state of Minnesota, projected to be viewed by 500 million people and producing an economic impact of $135 million dollars locally.
  • Environmental Benefits: golf helps create and foster 21,000 acres of healthy habitat and wildlife. Green space and Stormwater management are two contributors to this.

The Minnesota Section PGA was excited to be a part of today’s events with fellow constituents MGCSA, MGA, and CMAA.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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